Narco Cinema

Sex, Drugs, and Banda Music in Mexico’s B-Filmography

  • Authors
  • Ryan Rashotte

Part of the Latino Pop Culture book series (LPC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Ryan Rashotte
    Pages 1-21
  3. Ryan Rashotte
    Pages 23-42
  4. Ryan Rashotte
    Pages 43-101
  5. Ryan Rashotte
    Pages 103-133
  6. Ryan Rashotte
    Pages 135-155
  7. Ryan Rashotte
    Pages 157-163
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 165-196

About this book


This book provides the first comprehensive study of narco cinema, a cross-border exploitation cinema that, for over forty years, has been instrumental in shaping narco-culture in Mexico and the US borderlands. Identifying classics in its mammoth catalogue and analyzing select films at length, Rashotte outlines the genre's history and aesthetic criteria. He approaches its history as an alternative to mainstream representation of the drug war and considers how its vernacular aesthetic speaks to the anxieties and desires of Latina/o audiences by celebrating regional cultures while exploring the dynamics of global transition. Despite recent federal prohibitions, narco cinema endures as a popular folk art because it reflects distinctively the experiences of those uprooted by the forces of globalization and critiques those forces in ways mainstream cinema has failed.


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